Beverly Hills Cop

PLOT:

Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) is a young, talented, but extremely reckless Detroit police detective, having been reformed from his hoodlum years. His latest act of attempting to catch crooks through a cigarette smuggling operation goes sour when some uniformed officers show up, questioning their suspicious activity, and earns him the wrath of his boss, Inspector Douglas Todd (Gil Hill).

Foley’s childhood friend and former criminal cohort Mikey Tandino (James Russo), long gone from Detroit, shows up in Foley’s apartment (by breaking in) and tells him he’s working in Beverly Hills, California as a security guard, through the efforts of a mutual friend, Jenny Summers (Lisa Eilbacher). After going out to have a few drinks, both men return drunk to Foley’s apartment, where Foley is knocked cold and Mikey is confronted by two thugs, questioning him about some missing bearer bonds that he had shown Foley earlier. Mikey is then murdered, and after being refused the investigation because of his close personal ties, Foley uses the guise of going to Beverly Hills for a vacation to ascertain the motive and solve the crime.

Foley’s search soon leads him to Victor Maitland (Steven Berkoff), Mikey’s most recent employer and a respected art dealer who Foley soon begins to suspect is involved in some questionable activities, including Mikey’s murder. However, his investigation is hampered by the Beverly Hills Police Department, who are even less enthusiastic about Foley’s crime fighting methods than the Detroit Police Department. As evidence of Maitland’s unsavory activities piles up, Foley eventually convinces his Beverly Hills counterparts to assist him in bringing Maitland to justice.

REVIEW:

Younger readers may not realize this, but there was a time in the not so distant past that Eddie Murphy was actually funny. Beverly Hills Cop is vintage Murphy comedy and a bit of cop action.

The good…Murpshy steals the show, but then again, this is his film. Can you believe this was originally written for Mickey Rourke or Sylvester Stallone? With a major player like Murphy, it is imperative that you have a supporting cast that won’t drift into nothingness behind him. Led by an underutilized Judge Reinhold, we get just that. Many have said that this is the first true action comedy. I don’t know about all that, but it my be the first one that actually was worth watching and remembering. The story is pretty cool, but let’s face it, as long as Murphy is making you crack up the rest of the story could have been Mary Had a Little Lamb.

The bad…as I mentioned earlier, Judge Reinhold is underutilized. He really is a good character actor, and until the end he doesn’t get much to do, and even then, he’s nothing more than the butt of jokes. The chief of police in Beverly Hills suddenly shows up twice. I realize what his job was and all, but it kind of messed up the continuity of the story, especially since the cops suddenly decided to help Axel.

A true quintessential 80s film, filled with an awesome soundtrack, and how can you not get down to the strains of “Axel F”? Beverly Hills Cop takes us on a ride that we won’t soon forget, whether you watch the film for its action, the nostalgia factor, or whathaveyou, much entertainment is sure to be had.

4 out of 5 stars

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2 Responses to “Beverly Hills Cop”

  1. […] Beverly Hills Cop introduced us to the wise-cracking, street smart, Axel Foley. Beverly Hills Cop II finds Axel a couple years later still at the Detroit police department. […]

  2. […] is a bit much. It was a bit overkill, coupled with the return of an obscure character, Serge, from Beverly Hills Cop, as opposed to bringing back more relevant characters from the first films, and it just made no […]

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